~ Summer Concert supports Meadow House ~

¬†Summer Concert(web) At the end of the Summer term in June the Abbey Choir gave a charity concert to support the work of Meadow House Hospice, a charity that provides palliative care in the borough of Ealing.The concert drew a captive and generous audience into the Abbey Church to hear a performance of a number of choral favourites.¬† The programme began with the¬†¬† famous anthem ‚ÄúZadok the Priest‚ÄĚ by Handel, which has been sung at every British Coronation since 1727.¬† The music of a near contemporary, Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi followed in the programme.¬† This was composed by the Venetian in 1715 – seven years before Handel‚Äôs famous anthem.¬† It was written originally for the choir of the Ospedale della Piet√†, an orphanage for girls in Venice.¬† It is a¬†¬† favourite piece of music for many audiences with its distinctive melodies and rhythms.¬† For the Abbey Choir it allowed the boys an opportunity to shine.¬† Vivaldi‚Äôs Gloria includes two arias – one¬† for soprano solo and a duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano.¬† The first of these, Domine Deus, was beautifully sung by Tiernan Sheehan, the Head Chorister.¬† The duet Laudamus te, which includes some complicated rhythms, was sung brilliantly by Lewis Rodriguez and Seamus Gorman.

After the interval, the programme in the second half focused on Purcell’s homage to the patron saint of musicians РSt Cecilia.  His Ode on St. Cecilia is a musical setting of a poem by Nicholas Brady, which explores the use of music and the types of musical instruments of the time.  Again there were wonderful solos sung by the boys including Adam Beeston, Sam Lubkowski and Dominic King.

The generous applause from the audience at the end of the concert showed their appreciation and enjoyment from the music.  We hope to be able to tell you soon the total amount raised for Meadow House Hospice and thank you in advance for all your support.